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EDITORIAL: Warm, sunny weather helps fight winter blues

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:07AM

A couple of months ago, a Beachcomber editorial outlining the symptoms and potential cures for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) reported the effects of darker days and colder temperatures on the human mind and body.

VHS girls’ basketball team falls to Seattle Christian after close game

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 10:08AM

The Vashon High School girls' basketball team visited the Seattle Christian Warriors on Jan. 8 for their first league contest of the season.

Woman pleads guilty to stealing sign advertising gun sales

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 10:53AM

An island woman has pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with the disappearance of a sandwich board sign in town that was advertising gun and ammunition sales.

Friday night house fire in Spring Beach neighborhood extinguished quickly

  • Jan 11, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 13, 2016 at 11:45AM

The fire department responded to a house fire Friday night in the Spring Beach neighborhood on Vashon's south end and extinguished it before there was extensive damage to the home.

Current exhibit spotlights islander who made art for history’s sake

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 14, 2016 at 1:24PM

In its current special exhibit, the Heritage Museum is showcasing the craft of former islander Marshall Sohl, who told the history of Vashon and its people by rendering it meticulously through wood burning and painting.

Vashon freshman raising money for social justice border trip

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 14, 2016 at 1:26PM

As the presidential debates continue to spark conversations and controversy about immigration, a local high school freshman is tackling the subject head-on by travelling to the Arizona-Mexico border to learn about the issue.

Vashon Friends of the Library looking to build on success, growth

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 14, 2016 at 1:25PM

More than 50 volunteers last year helped the Vashon Friends of the Library put on its fundraising events, a huge improvement over the seven members that sat around the organization's meeting table a couple years ago.

Beloved clinic doctor, a man of varied talents

  • Jan 13, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 14, 2016 at 1:26PM

Decades of practicing as a family medicine physician at Vashon's largest medical clinic have allowed Michael Kappelman the chance to do a little bit of everything, from delivering babies to treating traumatic injuries and dealing with the ailments that come with old-age.

LETTERS: Hunger forum sponsored by grant secured by VoV

  • Dec 23, 2015 at 4:00AM

The Dec. 8 community forum on hunger held at the Penny Farcy building was many things, including an example of how Vashon nonprofits can collaborate to benefit the entire community.

Public’s help needed to identify body pulled from water Friday afternoon

  • Jan 15, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 19, 2016 at 2:11PM

The body of an Asian woman who appeared to be in her 40s was pulled from the water off Manzanita Beach Road Friday afternoon and detectives are asking for the public's help to identify her, King County Sheriff's officials said.

Girls’ basketball loses second league game against Bellevue Christian

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School girls' basketball team hosted the Bellevue Christian Vikings for their second league contest on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and ended the game with a loss.

Riptide defeat men in annual Ryan Krug Vashon Cup soccer game

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The 4th Annual Ryan Krug Vashon Cup, hosted by the Vashon Island Soccer Club, was played on Saturday Dec 12th, 2015, at VES field, Saturday 10 AM, with a full FIFA recommended 4 referee crew.

COMMENTARY: School support of athletic programs can change lives

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

My sister was four years older than me and four years ahead of me in school; she had gone to college on an academic scholarship, was our high school valedictorian, had super SAT scores and super grades. She was exceptional.

Vashon Park District to vote on raising user fees next week

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 1:30AM


Vashon’s Dogwood Associates welcomes new owner

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Jeanne Dougherty, founder and owner of the island financial business Dogwood Associates, is retiring from the business and handing over the ownership reins.

Art history talks about German artist

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:54AM

German painter, printmaker and sculptor Kathe Kollwitz will be the subject of art historian Rebecca Albiani's Vashon Allied Arts' Art History Talks lecture set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Vashon High School theater.

Telling our story: ancient tradition sheds new light on island character

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:55AM

Writer Wendell Berry once said that if you don't know where you are, you don't know who you are. The sense of place — both the spirit of the land and the character of the community — has long been a beguiling subject for many a writer and storyteller.

Creative duo perform new works

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:56AM

The dynamic and experimental duo of Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin, the creative directors behind Lelavision, will return to the Blue Heron for two performances at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

School bond election underway

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:58AM

Ballots are being sent out today for the election to decide whether the school district's $26.9 million bond will pass, allowing an overhaul of Vashon High School's athletic facilities.

Public input sought for proposed methanol production plant

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:47PM

Environmental activists are voicing concerns about a proposed methanol production plant at the Port of Tacoma, saying the plant's potential wastewater and chemical pollutants could harm the region's air quality and impact an already fragile Puget Sound.

Isola closing doors after six months

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 4:45PM

After six months of serving Mediterranean-inspired small plates from a restaurant nestled between the print shop and Valise in downtown Vashon, Isola is closing its doors.

Multiple Vashon churches are in transition as leaders retire, move on

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 4:46PM

As the nation looks ahead at this election year and the leadership change it will bring, there are leadership changes happening outside the political arena and much closer to home, as several island congregations are about to say, or have already said, good-bye to their ministers.

Boys’ basketball 11-3 overall

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 21, 2016 at 11:55AM

The Vashon High School boys' basketball team is 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the Nisqually league heading into the final three games of the season. The team defeated Bellevue Christian 50-24 at VHS on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and then fell to Lindbergh at home by a score of 46-43 on Monday night. The team will take on Cascade Christian at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Puyallup.

Fire department loses four volunteers, amount of full-time island help drops

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 21, 2016 at 11:55AM

Four of Vashon fire department's volunteers, including the volunteer coordinator, have left recently, drawing concern from some about the state of the volunteer program, but department management says the program is the strongest it has been in years.

New owners of Sound Food building begin repair work

  • Jan 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jan 21, 2016 at 11:56AM

The former Sound Food building has been bustling with construction activity in an attempt to remedy "years and years of deferred maintenance," Mike Urban, one of the building's two new owners, said last week.

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